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On Bass

On Bass: Can You Duet?

April 13, 2016
Playing bass in a duo often requires making adjustments to your approach, but can be a very rewarding artistic endeavor when done right.
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On Bass: Varying Techniques in a Song

March 17, 2016
How to practice staying even when bass lines get odd.
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On Bass: The Song Guys, Part 2

February 15, 2016
They might not be household names, but these four stellar bassists offer a wealth of inspiration to tap into.
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On Bass: Free Your Mind and Your Bass Will Follow

December 30, 2015
On finding inspiration—from an 11-year-old punk-rock kid with dubious technique, a rumbling motorcycle engine, and current pop-music divas.
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On Bass: The Reluctant Tapper

December 8, 2015
Victor Brodén navigates the uncharted waters of a technique he’s long avoided.
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On Bass: Deconstructing a Perfect Bass Line

November 4, 2015
Break down the mind-blowing bass-line elements from a late-’80s Bon Jovi hit.
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On Bass: Challenging the Visual Status Quo

October 5, 2015
What does the bass model you choose to play say about your playing ability?
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On Bass: Unlearn Your Bass

August 24, 2015
Step out of your tuning comfort zone and you may be pleased with the musical results.
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On Bass: Maximize Rumble, Minimize Blowback

July 23, 2015
How to create an onstage bass presence without pissing off your bandmates and FOH engineer.
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On Bass: Developing Your Solo Voice

June 16, 2015
How can you make your solos sing?
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On Bass: Prep Like a Pro

May 26, 2015
Try a form chart to help you learn a song inside and out.
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On Bass: On Compression

April 23, 2015
Don’t write off compression—embrace it and use it to your advantage.
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On Bass: Slap Bass Fundamentals

March 17, 2015
Before you go slaphappy, get a firm grip on the basics.
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On Bass: Music Wants Its Slap Back

February 24, 2015
If a bassist slaps in the woods, is it musical?
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On Bass: Advice for Guitarists … from a Bassist

January 19, 2015
Savvy advice for guitarists—from a bass-playing musical director’s perspective.
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On Bass: When Your Go-To Lines Aren’t Enough

December 23, 2014
If you’re a bassist struggling to compose an interesting and unpredictable bass line, try these tips.
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On Bass: The Wrecking Crew—Basses You Need to Get the Job Done

November 24, 2014
Though seasoned bassists can coax a variety of tones from a single instrument, sometimes it’s necessary to bring an arsenal.
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On Bass: Drummers Get Personal

October 30, 2014
Three world-class drummers wax poetic on what’s most important to them in a bassist.
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On Bass: Doubling (aka A Tale of Two Basses)

October 6, 2014
Three world-class bassists talk about being proficient on both electric and upright.
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On Bass: Some Parting Thoughts

August 20, 2014
Career advice to help bassists get that next gig.
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